Autumn Crafts & Recipes for all the family – ideas to inspire you.
I love autumn and as I have stated many, many times on my blog it is my favourite season. I love the colours associated with it all around me in the trees and landscapes, the conkers and acorns that fall from the trees, along with the multi coloured leaves. I love the sound of sticks and leaves crunching under my feet, and the rays of golden sun that shine through on a lovely warm autumn day.
To get me in the mood for autumn now that it is officially here, I have been having a look at some fellow blogs who have featured some crafts and recipes inspired by this wonderful season suitable for the family, and I thought it would be nice to put them all in one post.
I love baking at this time of year as it makes me think of comfort food, as the nights draw in and the weather turns cooler, and therefore apples and blackberries feature a lot as they are fruits which can be easily forged or picked at the moment. Kirsty has a recipe for some delicious looking baked apples with cinnamon, which would be so easy to make for dessert after a Sunday roast.
Talking, well writing!, of apples, reminds me of these sticky toffee apple breadsticks that I made a few years ago, which are lovely to eat with a steaming mug of hot chocolate on the side, or even just a cup of tea or coffee. Again, perfect for using up any apples that have fallen from a tree (or any that found their way into your supermarket trolley!).
Apples are the main ingredient in tis delightful German Apple Cake – this would be fabulous served with some custard.
Autumn is also when I start to think about making soups again, and having a soup maker means I can knock up a tasty and nutritional soup in next to no time. This roasted butternut squash and sage soup would be perfect to make in it, and just look at the golden colour of it – very autumnal.
Another way of using up foraged fruit is to make chutney, and with Christmas on the way what a perfect gift to make for friends and family. This yellow plum chutney would make a great gift for my cheese and cracker loving family members, to enjoy on Boxing Day with the Christmas Dinner leftovers.
Foraging at this time of year is brilliant fun because there is so much available to us if we take the time to look. This very useful guide to Foraging for Beginners is perfect for showing what there is and where to find nature’s autumn treasures.
Blackberries are in an abundance at the month among the hedgerows in Britain, and swell as being great in crumbles and pies, these Blackberry Cupcakes are another delicious way of using them up.
Now is a great time to have some crafts on standby to amuse your children for those wet days when you are stuck at home. These cute hama bead battery tea light holders would make a lovely gift.
Autumn is great for playing with leaves – after all there are so many falling from the trees at the moment.
Making art with leaves is great fun after collecting them.
Hedgehog crafts are very popular at this time of year and this little fellow is so cute and easy to make
I love easy to do crafts as I am not very arty, so this Handprint Tree Craft tutorial is perfect for my boys because it is very straight forward for me to explain it to them 🙂
Having collected 387 conkers this afternoon with the boys while at the park, this fab awesome conkers crafts printable is perfect for giving me some ideas on how to make use of some.
Finally, Halloween is not far away and having taken my boys out on their first trick or treat walk last year, I am always a little nervous about what might happen. Thank goodness for this brilliant list of Halloween Safety Tips for Families, it includes some really great tips.
Now I am off to plan some Autumn crafts and recipes to do with my boys.
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